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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins - StarTribune.com

“The reality is, there are cycles to this game,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “You want to avoid significant valleys, the long downturns, and unfortunately, we’ve been unable to do that. But the good news is, it feels like that’s behind us now. We believe we are on the cusp of an upturn that could result in some great things — including, hopefully, bringing another world championship here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

The 2 moments that turned afterthought teen into Yankees’ ace | New York Post

Nice feature on Severino.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Braves’ John Hart talks about John Coppolella | MLB.com

With Coppolella gone, Hart now must oversee and handle more of the daily responsibilities in a front office full of new faces.
“We won’t miss a beat going forward,” Hart said while trying to remain optimistic during the early stages of an unenviable development.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Scout who signed both wild-card aces has clear rooting interest | New York Post

Teams don’t have to be perfect; they just need to be better than their competitors.

“The percentage of players reaching the major leagues, whether it’s domestic or international, is so low that when someone that you sign or your group has signed reaches the major leagues and has a reasonably successful career, there’s always satisfaction there,” Rowland said Monday in a telephone interview. “Because scouts and directors, particularly directors, understand the odds and understand the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

As Braves GM, John Coppolella had his dream job. Now it’s gone | Mark Bradley blog

The international player market is a murky place. (Scout Gordon Blakeley, an old pro on the international scene, also resigned Monday.) Everyone had the Venezuelan teenager Kevin Maitan ticketed to sign with the Braves long before he was eligible to sign with any team; sure enough, Maitan signed with the Braves in July 2016 and is regarded, at age 17, as one of the 10 best prospects in what has become the sport’s No. 1 farm system. That farm system would never have gone from fallow to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, general managers, john coppolella

Monday, October 02, 2017

Jeffrey Loria Is Sending His Bobbleheads To Cooperstown

Outgoing Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is taking one of his prized belongings, his collection of 900 bobbleheads, and giving them to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The remaining 300 to 400 bobbleheads that weren’t part of his private collection will continue to be displayed at Marlins Park.

Those bobbleheads are perhaps the best reason to go to Marlins Park.

Bote Man Posted: October 02, 2017 at 04:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, marlins park

Coppolella resigns as Braves’ GM

Braves general manager John Coppolella has resigned from his position, the Braves announced on Monday afternoon.

The resignation came as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market, the Braves’ statement said.

Most of the stories are still updating, so there’s not a lot in this link.  More info is on twitter, from people like Passan and Rosenthal:

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-2-2017

Bismarck Tribune, October 2, 1917:


There’s also a fun cartoon about Red Faber at the link.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 02, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2 October 2017: Oakland Catcher Bruce Maxwell Breaks Baseball’s Politics Line

It’s worth asking why baseball has been behind other sports. Some of the surprise over MLB players’ reticence to protest is rooted in a misreading of baseball history. Because of icons like Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente (and, less so, another social-justice icon, Curt Flood), the sport has always had a superficial patina of progressiveness. But baseball has always been a conservative sport.

Jackie Robinson was a giant, and his tenacity in breaking another of baseball’s “color ...

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Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 02, 2017 at 07:46 AM | 1440 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's, politics

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton wins HR, RBI titles | MLB.com

“It was tough not to think about,” Stanton said of the home run attention. “But at the same time, if I hit 60, you guys would be sitting here saying, why didn’t I hit 61 or 62? I’m fine with the way my season went.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Marwin Gonzalez’s versatility key for Astros | MLB.com

When talking about fungible utility players, I used to say, “You know, the Marwin Gonzalez type.” I need to find another example.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marwin gonzalez

Bartolo Colon wins, doesn’t plan to retire | MLB.com

The Energizer Colon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, twins

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

1. Tigers (64-98, .395)
2. Giants (64-98, .395)
3. Phillies (66-96, .407)
4. White Sox (67-95, .414)
5. Reds (68-94, .420)
6. Mets (70-92, .432)
7. Padres (71-91, .438)
8. Braves (72-90, .444)
9. Athletics (75-87, .463)
10. Pirates (75-87, .463)

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:07 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Sunday, October 01, 2017

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

If you are going to be bad, you might as well be the worst.

The Tigers have selected No. 2 overall three times. In 2004, they got Justin Verlander with the second pick; in 1990, that selection netted them Tony Clark; and in 1976, they took southpaw Pat Underwood, who went 13-18 with a 4.43 ERA in four big league seasons, all with the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, tigers

Terry Collins fights back tears as he steps aside | New York Post

Nobody manages forever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 09:52 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, terry colins

OT - October 2017 College Football thread

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: October 01, 2017 at 03:30 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic


Saturday, September 30, 2017


D-backs rally to help Fuentes, Puerto Rico

Kendrick sends private jet to bring outfielder’s family to Arizona

shoewizard Posted: September 30, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, puerto rico

Miami Heat’s transition to mobile only entry begins with Sunday’s preseason opener

...The Heat, which announced earlier this year it was going to be the first franchise in the NBA to completely transition entry into AmericanAirlines Arena from tickets to smartphones, will begin the switch with its first exhibition game.

Parking at AmericanAirlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace will also be mobile only….

NattyBoh Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: mobile, stadiums, tickets

Former All-Star Carl Crawford Is Making $21.9M to Not Play, and He’s OK with It | Bleacher Report

Who doesn’t appreciate a good severance package?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carl crawford

Red Sox have nothing to celebrate after another loss to Astros

Two more tries. And the Yankees can help out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

‘I have a short leash’: Girardi’s quick hook sends message to Betances | New York Post

Yanks and Sox going down to the wire.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, yankees

Detroit Tigers should at least talk to Ozzie Guillen about manager job

Well, there’s a thought.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, tigers

Friday, September 29, 2017

MLB: The World Series MVP Award is now named after Willie Mays

I get it: he made a famous catch in the Fall Classic. But wouldn’t Bob Gibson or Reggie Jackson have made better sense?

Wahoo Sam Posted: September 29, 2017 at 11:03 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: willie mays, world series

2017 All-MLB team

The Cleveland Indians placed a league-high six players on the 2017 All-MLB team, including starter Corey Kluber, the only unanimous choice among the 45 players, general managers, executives, scouts, analysts, writers, broadcasters and other major league personnel surveyed by Yahoo Sports.

In creating an All-MLB team, the goal was to provide the equivalent of the NFL’s All-Pro team or the All-NBA team: recognition that better represents the full breadth of the season than an All-Star ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2017 at 09:13 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

CBS: David Wright says Mets teammates ‘cowardly’ for ripping Terry Collins anonymously

I agree with Wright. At this point those anonymous teammates are only kicking him on his way out the door.

“Terry’s office is 10 feet from our clubhouse. If I’ve ever had any problems or players I know know that if they had any issue, they can march right on down and sit down and man-to-man talk about it. For a player to not put his name on the quote and to bash Terry, who has a lot of success for taking us to the playoffs in back-to-back years, in my opinion, that is cowardly and lazy. The man ...

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Esoteric Posted: September 29, 2017 at 08:29 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york mets

The Players’ Tribune: Letter To My Younger Self

Also a love letter to the Cardinals and their fans.

Perry Posted: September 29, 2017 at 06:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, rick ankiel


Aaron Judge’s 51st HR Ties Babe Ruth For Most Yankee HRs At Home

Anytime you’re tied with Babe Ruth in a HR category, you’re doing pretty well:

The homer was Judge’s 32nd in 75 games at Yankee Stadium, tying Babe Ruth’s 1921 tally at the Polo Grounds for the most homers hit at home in a single season by a Yankee.

By working his AL-leading 125th walk later in the contest, Judge became the third player in history, age 25 or younger, with at least 125 runs and 125 walks in a season. Judge joined Ruth (1920, age 25) and Ted Williams (1941 and ‘42, ages 22 and ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 29, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, babe ruth, home runs, new york yankees, yankee stadium

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